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Local shooters to compete at nationals


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From left, the trio of Annie Grothusen, Madie Snyder and Shauntae Daily will compete for a national title beginning late this week.

For three young ladies, a summer of fun begins with a national championship competition. These young shooters will travel to Albuquerque, N.M., for the 2015 NRA Open Air Gun Championships, scheduled May 22-24.

Madie Snyder of Kimball and Annie Grothusen of Mitchell were selected as team members with Shauntae Daily of Dix named as the team's alternate. All three competitors are members of the local Dead Eyes 4-H club.

Additionally, Snyder made it on the sixth place precision team in the National NRA Virtual Match. Both the precision and the sporter team were required to place in the top 10 spots to qualify for the shooting event Albuquerque.

Snyder and Daily also qualified in the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) National Three Position Air Rifle Championship, with Snyder qualifying in precision and Daily in sporter.

CMP Nationals occur over three days for each event. Snyder will shoot June 21-23 and Daily will compete June 24-26.

To qualify for this event, contestants must shoot in the regional qualifier or at the Three Position Air Rifle Junior Olympic State championship. More than 300 athletes will be invited to this event in each class.

Members of the local club competed in the CMP Postal Match, where Daily and Snyder scored well enough to be invited to the Western Regional competition.

Daily competed in the Western Regional in Sandy, Utah, in April. She finished the regional qualifier in ninth place after narrowly missing a trip to finals.

Snyder competed at the Eastern Regional competition in Camp Perry, Ohio, in March due to scheduling conflicts. She finished 21st.


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